Presenter Linda Martin of Columbia Southern University wants to change the course of traditional one-on-one mentoring relationships. She says a large numbers of industrial hygienists are over 50, so developing new ways to seek out young talent is crucial.
In an entertaining series of brief five-minute talks Tuesday morning called Ignite, experts shared stories from their work as an industrial hygienist or tips on how to make the most of your career. In his presentation, Mark Rollins compared his work in industrial hygiene with his love of good beer.
Tuesday’s product demos and presentations in the Learning Pavilions again focused on everything from sensor technology to ergonomics, and a few discussed OSHA’s new silica rule. Some of the topics up for discussion Tuesday afternoon included: • Key ergonomic principles for use in increasing productive output, decreasing waste and reducing the risk factors and costs associated with musculoskeletal disorders.
What are some common behaviors? How do we change those behaviors? What are some practical examples of behavior-based safety (BBS)? Those are the questions Sophia Sushailo of 3M talked about Tuesday morning at AIHce.
Employee health and wellbeing is not just about safety, as Joy Inouye and John Dony, both of the Campbell Institute — National Safety Council, discussed Monday. They outlined a study done on worker wellbeing programs and the benefits they provide.
This year’s AIHce offered many opportunities to learn about new products via two separate “learning pavilions.” The pavilions had various presenters throughout the day, continuing for the rest of the conference, who showcased their latest products and technology. Web-based technology seemed to be the theme.
Daniel Chute, CIH, CSP, Atrium Environmental. Health and Safety Services, gave an interesting presentation Monday afternoon about rebuilding homes after disaster strikes. He has been working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to implement safe practices in post-disaster restoration.
The application of direct-reading instruments to assess worker exposures is fundamentally changing our ability to protect worker health. In a Monday afternoon session at AIHce, speakers Donna Heidel, CIH, FAIHA, from Bureau Veritas North America, Spencer Pizzani, CIH, also from Bureau Veritas North America, and Philip Smith, PhD, CIH, of OSHA shared lessons learned about the selection of sensors and the interpretation of data.
More than two weeks before its signature safety event in Denver, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) already knows this year’s turnout will rank No. 1 in the event’s 56-year history. ASSE’s Safety 2017 Professional Development Conference & Exposition, set for June 19-22 at the Colorado Convention Center, has easily topped its records for registered attendance and exhibitors.
The closing keynote speaker from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Wednesday has a lifelong fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information, so he and Ken Jennings may have a lot to discuss between their keynotes at the AIHce conference.